Symphony Concert 17

Munich Philharmonic | Valery Gergiev

Liadov | Stravinsky | Rimsky-Korsakov

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018







    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 17

    Munich Philharmonic | Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Anatol Konstantinovich Liadov (1855–1914)
    The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62 
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Petrushka. Ballet in four scenes (1911 version)
    Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
    Scheherazade, Op. 35

    He is the hero of puppet theater – and he has many names: Mr. Punch in England, Pierrot in France, Kasperle in Germany (Chaschperli in Swiss German), and, in Russia, Petrushka. Igor Stravinsky devoted a thrilling ballet score to his adventures, where he has him appear at a fair in St. Petersburg, with organ-grinder melodies, popular French tunes, and waltzes. The fact that Petrushka suffers humiliation in his struggle for the favor of the beautiful Ballerina over his rival, the dashing Moor, only makes him all the more human. And everyone is happy for him when at the end he thumbs his nose at all his adversaries. Valery Gergiev couples this tragicomic story with two fairy-tale classics: the poetic Enchanted Lake by Anatoly Lyadov, whom Stravinsky once described as the “pianissimo composer,” and the splendidly orchestrated tone poem Scheherazade by Stravinsky’s teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which leads us right into the dazzling world of A Thousand and One Nights.

    Munich Philharmonic

    Founded in 1893, the Munich Philharmonic attained a high technical level of playing during its first years under such conductors as Hans Winderstein and Felix Weingartner. Gustav Mahler conducted the orchestra in the world premieres of his Fourth and Eighth Symphonies, and, shortly after Mahler’s death, Bruno Walter led them in the first performance of Das Lied von der Erde. The Bruckner student Ferdinand Löwe, who held the leadership position from 1908 to 1914, established the Philharmonic’s great Bruckner tradition. Siegmund von Hausegger and Oswald Kabasta guided the ensemble until the end of the Second World War. In 1945 Hans Rosbaud launched a tenure that was marked by his passion for modern music. His successors were Fritz Rieger (1949–66) and Rudolf Kempe (1967–76), and in 1979 came the start of the 17-year-long Sergiu Celibidache era. He strengthened the Munich Philharmonic’s international reputation through numerous tours abroad, including throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. From 1999 to 2004 James Levine helmed the orchestra; appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the BBC Proms in London became highlights of his tenure. Under Christian Thielemann, who was General Music Director from 2004 to 2011, the orchestra traveled to such countries as Japan, South Korea, and China. Lorin Maazel was Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic from 2012 to 2014. Since 2015 Valery Gergiev has taken over the leadership position; in Munich he also leads the MPHIL 360° Festival, whose next edition in November 2016 will focus on Sergei Prokofiev to mark the 125th anniversary of his birth. In addition to Gergiev, Zubin Mehta has a prominent position as Honorary Conductor. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 23 March 2002, with Christian Thielemann conducting works by Debussy, Chausson, and Ravel.

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    August 2016

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    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow and grew up in the Caucasus, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with Ilja Musin and launched his career in 1977 when he won the Karajan Competition in Berlin. The following year he began his collaboration with the Kirov Opera, now known as the Mariinsky Theater, where he made his debut with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was named Artistic Director in 1988 and General Director in 1996; this position is associated with his leadership of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons Festivals as well. With the Mariinsky Ensemble he has toured to such countries as Japan, China, Israel, and the United States, as well as all of the leading European music centers. In 2006 he dedicated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg that is was constructed specifically for the Mariinsky Orchestra; this was followed in 2013 by the opening of a second, new opera house. In 1994 Valery Gergiev made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he served as First Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. During this period, from 1995 to 2007, he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2015 he was Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since the fall of 2015 Gergiev has held the position of Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. He has led the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.Along with serving as Chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Moscow Easter Festival, he leads the World Orchestra for Peace. Among Valery Gergiev’s numerous distinctions are the Shostakovich Award and the People's Artist of Russia Award; in 2006 he received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Award. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

    May 2017

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